Obituary: Mary Crooks Seebart
Mary Crooks Seebart
March 2, 1945 – Jan. 6, 2015
Mary Crooks Seebart passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 6, 2015. Mary was living her dream sailing in the Caribbean with Greg, her husband of 27 years. They had just finished a beautiful snorkeling swim when Mary had a hard time breathing. She passed away on the beach in the beautiful Turks and Caicos with white sand and turquoise waters touching her toes.
Mary was born in Quincy, Illinois, March 2, 1945, graduated from Quincy High School, Eastern Illinois University and The University of Colorado where she earned her master’s degree. She is survived by her husband Greg, daughter Kristen and her husband Patrick Bryant, granddaughters Sienna and Shay, her brother Cam (Charles) and his wife Sue, sister-in-laws Mary and Corrine, brother-in-laws Keith and Kevin, niece Cassie, and nephews Curt, Chris and Landon.
Mary moved to Colorado in 1971 and began teaching math at Vikan Junior High school in Brighton, Colorado, in 1972. She loved her students and spent 23 year there as a teacher and then as a counselor. Retiring from teaching in 1995 she joined Greg at Campus Cycles working there until they sold it in 2006.
Mary fell in love with mountains and skiing. She was an active member of the Schussbaumer Ski Club in Breckenridge. She brought her love of skiing to her students and organized ski trips for them. For many of her students, it was their first chance to ski and even their first time in the mountains.
Mary and Greg have been slip holders at the Dillon Marina since 1986 after they purchased their first sailboat. In 2014, Mary and Greg sold their home of 27 years in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, to purchase a sailboat which they named “Mile High Dream.” This was a longtime dream of Mary and Greg’s to live on a sailboat and sail the Caribbean. They moved to Silverthorne, Colorado, living here in the summers and moving to the sailboat in the winters. The only saving grace is she died doing what she wanted to do, where she wanted to do it, when she wanted to do it — with all the energy and excitement — with who she wanted to do it.
Her love of life, love and caring for others, and adventuresome spirit set an example to everyone she met and she will be missed. Mary made friends from people all around the world and they instantly felt like lifelong friends even after just meeting.
A celebration of Mary’s life will be Feb. 15, 4–7 p.m. at the Jefferson Unitarian Church, 14350 W. 32nd Ave. Golden, Colorado, 80401.
Donations may be made to Bicycle Colorado where Mary served on the Board of Directors, Dumb Friends League, or a charity which Mary would like.
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